Update from the Road
February 22, 2016 – Back in the office from a three week action packed road trip that saw me fishing two FLW Tour events and visiting over 40 independent tackle stores. The interaction with the shop owners was great and I was able to place our product in several stores along the way.
The Lake Travis, Texas FLW event was a great experience! Although keeper bass were few and far between for me, I was catching fish – A LOT of fish. I was catching between 25 and 30 bass a day, but out of those fish only 3 to 5 of them were keepers. Most of the fish were coming on 2 baits: a Z Man Zinker in peanut butter and jelly color and an old school custom painted wiggle wart with Fish Allure Scented Bait Tabs on them. I found some great areas that were holding fish, and on tournament day it was all about making the most of what I had found.
Day one of the event I started with the crankbait and quickly realized the fish had moved deeper. So I backed off the bank and started throwing my Zinker shallow and working it out deeper and immediately caught a nice keeper. After some time passed I managed to catch another one on camera weighing a little over 3 pounds.
(Photo Cred goes to Charles Waldorf/Courtesy of FLW Outdoors)
Moving around the lake throughout the remainder of the day I managed to pick up two more keepers, but never had a shot at number five (that would come back to haunt me on day two).
Day two’s start mirrored day ones. I went back to the same pocket, caught two keepers pretty quick and then started bouncing around the lake checking spots. Something had changed after the morning bite, so I adjusted and downsized to a finesse presentation called the NED Rig. It consisted of a 1/10th oz. weedless mushroom jig head and a Z Man TRD Finesse bait in peanut butter and jelly. I went into a creek and found a ton of fish chasing shad. I weeded through nearly 30 fish and caught 3 keepers in the process. This finished out my limit and we had to head back to the ramp.
When I weighed in my weight put me up to 23rd place, but it was early and I started to plummet down the leader board. At the end of the day I ended up in 59th place, missing the money by 10 ounces. Moral to the story – it is vitally important to bring in a 5 fish limit each day of competition. If not, you run the risk of leaving the door wide open for your competition. I this case, I did just that. All in all it was a great event and I advanced 32 places in the points standing from where I was – AWESOME!!!
So now I have a week and one day to get caught up and then it is off to Florida for ten days. I have 35+ tackle stores to visit and the FLW Tour event of the Harris Chain of Lakes in Beautiful Leesburg, Florida. Until next time, tight lines and good fishing!